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The Flash S04 E01: ‘The Flash Reborn’

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Reborn and recharged, The Flash is back with its season four premiere. Our hero has returned from the Speed Force for a season with lots of surprises and shocks, including new characters and villains like Blacksmith, Hazard, Breacher, the Elongated Man(!), and our new big bad, Clifford DeVoe, the Thinker! In the meantime, how has Team Flash (or is it Team Vibe, or Team Kid Flash?) fared without Barry? And what brings our hero back? Find out after the Speed Force jump in my review of “The Flash Reborn!”

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The Top Ten Things I Still Want to See on The Flash

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We’ve been given a gift as far as superhero television goes in The Flash. Not only have we’ve gotten a terrific, accessible, and entertaining TV series about superheroes, they have also gone above and beyond when it comes to presenting hardcore comic book mythos on the small screen. After all, who would have ever thought we’d ever get the DC Multiverse on prime time TV? We have the Invasion, Gorilla City, and more crossovers and team-ups coming, but what else could we get? Meet me after the super speed jump and I’ll give you my top ten things I want to see on The Flash!

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The GAR! Podcast: Who Loves Ya, Baby?

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we return with our first new episode of 2015 and we’re talking about just about everything, but mostly comics. There was a lot to catch up on after two weeks of literal silence. See and hear more after the jump.

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Terror & Madness & Intersect #1 On The Wednesday Run

Intersect 1 coverOften, Biff Bam Pop’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, and I, converse about all things pop-culture. Music. Movies. TV. Books. You’d expect that of a couple of pals who contribute in various ways to a pop-culture website like Biff Bam Pop!

It’s pretty much a multiple-times-a-day occurrence, our discussions. And there have been times, amidst deep and worthy conversations, that I have called comic books “sequential art”. When I do, for some reason known only to him, Andy Burns gives out a heartfelt laugh in my direction.

He might give another today, when I say that Intersect #1 is a visually stunning and thought provoking addition to the world of sequential art and that it stands boldly amongst all other “comic books” released on the shelves today.

Find out why after the jump!

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Trailer Time: Constantine (TV Series)

Of the entire slate of new TV programming set to hit our televisions this fall, NBC’s Constantine series might arguably have the most anticipation.

Well, anticipation and, perhaps more importantly, trepidation, by the DC Comic characters’ legion of loyal fans.

Ripped from the monthly pages of Swamp Thing, John Constantine: Hellblazer and, more recently, Constantine, follow me after the jump for the first look at the brand new, just dropped trailer, for the Friday night NBC horror series aptly titled: Constantine!

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31 Days Of Horror 2013: All Aboard The Spectral Engine On The Wednesday Run–October 16, 2013

Ah! You’re here.

Tickets, please. The train leaves shortly. And your destination is a perfect one for this time of year.

All this month, Biff Bam Pop! has been presenting you with various horror-themed pieces. Even this column has gotten in on the act, here and here. Of course, to recommend a horror-themed comic book each Wednesday in October, an interesting one needs to be released. And today is a bit of a cheat.

To ride this train, you could punch your ticket today, like most will. But the real clever readers of graphic fiction – graphic horror fiction – got theirs yesterday.

Yesterday, today. Either way, The Spectral Engine is waiting for you! All aboard!

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Comic Book Absolution Is Found With Trinity Of Sin: Pandora #1 On The Wednesday Run – July 3, 2013

Oh, it’s definitely the summer! It’s the time of year for the guilty pleasure: when the big two comic book publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, flood the market with their various summer tent-pole series’. Man, didn’t AvX just finish? No? I’m thinking of Age of Ultron and all of its inherent spin-off comic book one-shots and new monthly titles then. Just when you’re getting fatigued from all of that, we have the upcoming Infinity series (which I’m eagerly anticipating).

But what, exactly, has DC Comics been up to in the two years since they proclaimed the New 52? They haven’t had a summer tent-pole yet, but all that changes today.

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! Today, your guilty summer pleasure shall be aroused! Today brings a brand new tent-pole comic book series to the offing.

Today begins a war – a full two years in the making!

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Constantine, Responsibility, War And Sin – BBP! Speaks With Acclaimed Writer Ray Fawkes (Part 2)

In August of 2011, DC Comics made comic book publishing history and ended every title they were releasing, re-launching each new and returning title with a bold “#1” printed on the front cover. Ever since that New 52 initiative, originally named for the number of books being published on a monthly basis, the company has been hinting at a major storyline with ramifications for the earth and all of its superheroes.

Within the pages of the Flashpoint mini-series that gave rise to this monumental change, a mysterious, hooded character named Pandora was instrumental in the fictional representation of the New 52. For eagle-eyes readers, she actually had a cameo in every published new first issue!

This summer, the promise of that major storyline, now nearly two years in the making, is fulfilled. Not only will Ray Fawkes’ writing in Justice League Dark be instrumental to that story, the character of Constantine will also play a pivotal role. In addition, Fawkes will also be writing the monthly adventure of the enigmatic Pandora in her own solo series, beginning this June.

You can read the first part of our conversation regarding Fawkes’ interest in the supernatural and his Constantine series here. In this short second, and final part of our discussion, he talks about the upcoming epic DC Comics Trinity War storyline and the importance of ensuring emotional connections between characters within big crossover stories. He also sheds some light on the mysterious character called Pandora.

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Constantine, Responsibility, War And Sin – BBP! Speaks With Acclaimed Writer Ray Fawkes (Part 1)

constantine1 cover imageAfter making the game-changer move of ending all of their monthly series in August 2011 and, calling it the “New 52”, re-starting them with brand new first issues, DC Comics continues to evolve. This year, the publishing company has definitely been shining a light on the darker corners of its universe. The mature, sophisticated publishing arm of Vertigo Comics is still undergoing changes as well, with flagship title Hellblazer recently ending it 300-issue run. The main protagonist of that series, the beloved chain-smoking English occultist, John Constantine, has been folded up into the DC universe proper, continuing his supernatural adventures in a new ongoing monthly series called, appropriately enough, Constantine.

Ray Fawkes has worked for both DC Comics and Vertigo Comics along with a host of other publishers including Oni Press, Image Comics, Top Shelf Comics and Marvel Comics. The Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award nominee is now writing some of his most high-profile work to date at DC Comics, namely Justice League Dark and Constantine as well as having a hand in DC’s upcoming Trinity War summer blockbuster storyline.

JP Fallavollita met with the Toronto-based writer and artist at the 2013 edition of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) and had a chance to speak with him over the phone about his recent writing responsibilities. In the first part of this interview, Fawkes talks about his experiences with fan-favourite character, John Constantine, the history and responsibility of writing him in both a solo series and a group series, and his story plans for the near future.

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Dear John…And A Constantine #1 On The Wednesday Run – March 20, 2013

Dear John,

It’s not me, it’s you. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for the current state of our relationship.

We’ve known each other for a long time now – very nearly thirty years – sharing tears and laughs and smokes and pints of ale together, but things haven’t been right between us for a while now, have they? Sure, there were good times, and I’ve told you about those days on a number of occasions. But lately, it feels like you’re not even here, never present the way I want you to be present. There have been some pretty dark times. None more so than last November. I won’t go into it now. I know you remember.

That November day hurt me, John. But I know, deep down inside your seemingly callous exterior and your mischievous, plotting habits, I know that it hurt you, too.

But hope springs eternal, doesn’t it? And this day, March 20, perhaps coincidentally the first day of spring, I still have hope for our us…

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